Sunday, January 04, 2009

New Lessons

We're crucified on space-time axes,
trapped in monotonic old to new
progress. The only lesson
we've learned is that the cup

won't take back the spilled milk. A couple
of your co-workers got the axe?
That word "downturn" is all over the news
and there's not much we can do to lessen

the impact. That's a grim lesson.
That's an awfully bitter cup
to drink in the shadow of the axe
or the hangman's noose.

Earth rolls slowly into a new
year, and the darkness lessens
like ink pouring out of a cup
tilted along the planet's axis.

Each new year guarantees access
to a couple more lessons.

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MysticSaint said...

great one! liked it very much.

Ruth said...


totomai said...

each day is a new learning opportunity. a nice write

Carmi said...

So very timely and well said. I love how you build art with words.

Tumblewords: said...

Surely, this is truth. Nice work!

Sweet Talking Guy.. said...

I think I'm learning something new too, nicely done!

watermaid said...

I love the freedom of your rhymes: axe/axis/access; lessen/lesson and news/noose. This is a lesson for me too. And you've written on a topical subject.

Linda Jacobs said...

"the darkness lessens
like ink pouring out of a cup
tilted along the planet's axis."

Love this!

Fantastic job keeping all the repeated words zingy!

Pam said...

Your use of the language is so very flexible. When I read your poem I knew I should just slog through and try to write one of these forms.

Here It Is!!!! said...

Very True, each new day brings something new and definitely worth learning if only we pay attn :)